Dr James Edwards
Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences - Microbiology (Education)
Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)
Lecturer in Biomedical Science
I joined PU PSMD as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science in 2013. I previously worked as a research scientist and Teaching Fellow at the University of York. I have worked on a variety of research projects, both in industry and academia, with the most recent studying respiratory processes and growth physiology in pathogenic bacteria. At York I taught on a number of biochemistry modules and supervised undergraduate project students. At Plymouth, my position allows me to focus on teaching our undergraduate medicine and postgraduate physician associate students about various topics in microbiology. Occasionally I work with other groups of students too.
BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Surrey, 2002
PhD, Department of Biology, University of York, 2006
PGCAP, University of Plymouth, 2014
Member of the Microbiology Society
Member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I have teaching interests in medical microbiology, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance and molecular biology. I deliver lectures and life science resource centre sessions (small group teaching) in support of these areas.
- Academic lead for microbiology (School of Medicine)
- Academic tutor (year 1 & 2)
- Pastoral tutor
- PBL facilitator (year 1)
- Co-lead for the year 3 SSU 'Doctor as Educator' (PU PSMD) with Dr. Karen Johnstone
- Year 4 science coordinator with Dr. Iain Robinson
- SSC1 assessment lead
- SSU provider for SSU1 and my microbiology SSU has been chosen for delivery in SSU 2, 4 & 5
- Case Unit Block Lead for Carcinogenesis and Neoplasia
- TEL coordinator (School of Medicine)
- I also sit on the faculty IT committee
I am interested in the growth physiology of bacterial pathogens, how they respire and how they regulate the transcription of respiratory genes.
I have used in vitro and in vivo approaches in the past to investigate this, including gene cloning, protein over-expression and purification, DNA binding assays, gene knock-outs and reporter gene fusions.
I have undertaken the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP).
I am particularly interested in how microbiology is taught nationally, both in science and healthcare curricula.
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